Proportion of population who identify as LGBTIQA+
In the 2017 Victorian Population Health Survey, 5.7 per cent of respondents identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (Victorian Agency for Health Information - unpublished), with the relative proportion of each subgroup summarised in Table 1:
Table 1: Proportion (%) of the adult population, by LGBTIQA+ status, Victoria, 2017
|LGBTIQA+ group||Sample size (n)||Proportion (%) of adult population by LGBTIQA+ status|
|Gay or Lesbian||458||1.8|
|Bisexual, Queer, Pansexual||616||3.0|
|Transgender, Gender diverse||41||0.2|
Health and wellbeing indicators for LGBTIQA+ Victorians
Data from the survey shows that LGBTIQA+ Victorian adults experience poorer health and wellbeing than heterosexual, non-LGBTIQA+ Victorians (Victorian Agency for Health Information - unpublished).
A summary of indicators for LGBTIQA+ Victorians shows that a significantly higher proportion of LGBTIQA+ adults:
- had low to medium life satisfaction and a feeling of life being worthwhile, compared with the heterosexual, non-LGBTIQA+ adult population
- had moderate, high or very high levels of psychological distress, compared with the heterosexual, non-LGBTIQA+ adult population
- were diagnosed with anxiety or depression, compared with the heterosexual, non-LGBTIQA+ adult population
- had an experience of family violence, compared with the heterosexual, non-LGBTIQA+ adult population
- had an experience of discrimination, compared with the heterosexual, non-LGBTIQA+ adult population.
In addition, a significantly lower proportion of LGBTIQA+ adults could get help from relatives or friends in an emergency, or from family and neighbours when required, compared with the heterosexual, non-LGBTIQA+ adult population.
Victorian Government initiatives
Since late 2014, the Victorian Government has invested more than $60 million in initiatives that make the community fairer and promote equality for LGBTIQA+ Victorians.
This includes $15 million towards Australia's first Pride Centre, $4 million in grants for LGBTIQA+ community organisations and $5.3 million to support LGBTIQA+ people experiencing, or at risk of, family violence.
Funding has been provided to statewide LGBTIQA+ support service Switchboard Victoria to pilot suicide prevention programs across the state. Victoria has also boosted LGBTIQA+ family counselling services.
Laws to prohibit LGBTIQA+ conversion practices will be enacted, ending the practice that has caused trauma to many Victorians.
Find out more
Access the Chief Health Officer page on PrEPX and HIV for information about pre-exposure prophylaxis and HIV.
Victorian Agency for Health Information - unpublished, The health and wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer population in Victoria: a short summary, Victorian Agency for Health Information, Melbourne.
Reviewed 06 December 2023